Several days of gorgeously decorated floats parading the town, stopping here and there to be accompanied by festival music. The applause of the crowd swells noticeably when the giant lion who weighs 220 kg and whose body measures 25 m in length makes its appearance. The spectacular "Ojishi", held once every three years, is one of the three major events of the Kakegawa Omatsuri and involves some 100-plus people becoming one and dancing energetically with the lion. This festival began during the Edo period and has since grown into a happening in which 7 shrines and 41 towns take part. Comparing the different features of the floats, hand dances and lion dances which have been passed down in each district is one of the most interesting aspects of the festival.
※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).
Kakegawa Matsuri is held around the second Saturday and Sunday of October. The Omatsuri held once every three years is held for four days and the Komatsuris in the years between are held for three days. Visitors are asked to stay on the sidewalk and not to touch the floats and lanterns while watching the event. All the events can be seen from the "Omatsuri Hiroba" at the halfway point between JR Kakegawa Station and Kakegawa Castle.
The pleasure of travel: Kakegawa Omatsuri
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updated on Mar 24, 2016